Amazon Rio is a forest conservation project that protects 18,559 hectares (ha) of rainforest in the state of Amazonas, Brazil. The project is located in a former authorized logging concession that was reclassified as the largest private reserve in Brazil. A total of 5,429 ha of rainforest were deforested before logging operations ceased.
This project is actively generating carbon credits, ensuring the long-term protection of the area from future deforestation and the preservation of the ecosystem and biodiversity. Approximately 450 families in 15 surrounding communities benefit from project activities.
Amazon Rio achieves 10 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with co-benefits including:
- Training of local communities in non-timber agroforestry production
- Improved educational facilities
- Provision of water filters to reduce waterborne illnesses
- Creation of entrepreneurship networks
- Empowerment of women on local councils
- Promotion of ecotourism as a source of revenue
Vida Carbon and EBCF have identified more than 1 million ha of Brazilian rainforest in danger of planned or unplanned deforestation. The goal of this partnership is to expand conservation operations into these at risk areas.
The Amazon Rio project addresses high deforestation rates in the region and emphasizes the importance of ecosystem preservation and nature-based solutions in the prevention of climate change.
The Project Developer
Empresa Brasileira de Conservação de Florestas (“EBCF”) is a Greentech company with a mission to preserve the Amazon rainforest, protect biodiversity, promote the sustainable development of traditional and riverside communities, and fight climate change. In 2013, EBCF created and managed the first private reserve for sustainable development in Brazil, Amazon Rio.